Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Ecuadorian Piedtail (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)


French: Colibri à queue mi-blanche German: Schwarzweißschwanz-Kolibri Spanish: Colibrí colipinto ecuatoriano

Phlogophilus hemileucurus


, 1860,

banks of Río Napo, east Ecuador


Closely related to P. harterti. Monotypic.


S Colombia (W Putumayo and E Cauca) S through E Ecuador to NE Peru (San Martín and Loreto).

Descriptive notes

7·3–7·6 cm; 2·2–3·7 g. Sexes alike. Short straight black bill, yellowish at base; crown greenish brown, postocular spot white, rest of... read more


Song a series of typically three high-pitched buzzy notes (at c. 8–10 kHz) followed by several... read more


Forest edge and second growth in Andean foothills at 500–1200 m. Forages in low to middle... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering Rubiaceae, Ericaceae (especially Psammisia), Gesneriaceae. When visiting flowers birds cling to corollas.... read more


Dec–Apr. Tiny cup-shaped nest of fine rootlets and pieces of fern leaf is built 2–3 m above ground in vines or underneath dense... read more


Sedentary, local altitudinal movements likely.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Formerly considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Patchily distributed but common. Readily... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Ecuadorian Piedtail (Phlogophilus hemileucurus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).